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Space: Above and Beyond, episode 8 (1.8)
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03
The 58th snags a disabled Alien warship and converts it into a "Trojan Horse" which takes them deep into the enemy camp for a surprise attack against a huge alien "mothership." The episode ends on a cliffhanger that finds our hero shot down and captured behind enemy lines.
Saratoga is attacked by alien bombers and left powerless for 10 seconds after being hit by a strange electrical charge. The responsible bomber hovers, apparently dead, 200 meters oft The Saratoga's bow.
Lt. Stroud, Krantz, and Webb analyze the ship but cannot inform the 58th if any aliens remain aboard. In spite of Sewell's attempts to thwart the 58th, they board the bomber and discover that it is 'alive.' Filled with a conducting gel made of bacteriohodopsin, the ship can 'heal' itself and transfer bioelectrics to and from the individuals flying it. By inserting their arms into the jell covering the console, the crew and ship can become 'one' in which speed and sequence are key.
Following days of practice, the 58th and McQueen set off for the Orange Alien Planet. They successfully return recognition codes sent by chigs passing by, but are unable to fool the satellite orbiting the planet... An all out battle ensues. Unable to successfully maneuver the ship in extreme battle, they board a life pod and are thrown into space just as the attacker explodes. Unable to steer, McQueen and the 58th tumble in space knowing they'll last as long as the air supply.
By Sarah Stegall on 08 Jul 2003 08:05:20
In a week when the President of the United States is telling the nation that he intends to send American troops to Bosnia, the question posed throughout the two part "Space: Above and Beyond" which concluded Sunday night acquires an unintentional immediacy: who are you willing to die for? McQueen asks it of West, Hawkes asks it of Vansen and McQueen, and Elroy El asks it of WangPaul (excuse me, Paul Wang). It's a question more easily answered when survival is at stake, as it is in "Hostile...
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